Apparently if something had a sweet taste resembling that of a fruit, it was eligible to be called a “fruit snack”. Realistically, very little real fruit goes into Fruit By The Foot, Fruit Roll-ups, Fruit Gushers, Shark Bites or any of those scrumptious little treats. While they don’t provide many vitamins or nutrients, they are extremely tasty which is why we ate the hell out of them for the entire decade and beyond. Perhaps parents believed the word “fruit” meant “healthy” because they bought masses of these for their kids and filled our lunch boxes and after school snack menus with ‘em. Credit your constant sugar highs and first cavities to these bad boys but realize that they were well worth it. They all provided something unique that made each one special in its own way, for example:
Fruit Roll-ups: Punch out shapes on the fruit rolls and temporary tongue tattoos.
Fruit By The Foot: It’s 3 feet worth of candy. Even if it tasted like crap, the fact that it’s 3 feet worth of crap would make it acceptable.
Fruit Gushers: Its hexagon shaped, chewy and full of juice that tastes like heaven in your mouth.
Shark Bites: Candy shaped like sharks. ‘Nuff Said.
These things were so delectable that they’ve managed to remain popular to this day. The best part is now that you’re grown and have your own jobs, funds and independence, you can buy as many fruit snacks as you please. The sky is the limit… Well the sky and your blood sugar levels are the limits.